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Toward a Vision of Post-COVID Urban Space: Joseph Roth’s City of Miniatures - Words Without Borders

Toward a Vision of Post-COVID Urban Space: Joseph Roth’s City of Miniatures - Words Without Borders

Joseph Roth's feuilletons, writes Alexander Wells, provide us clues on how we might remake our cities post-pandemic., Public domain, via Wikimedia CommonsIt is 1921 and Joseph Roth—the Austrian novelist and chronicler of Weimar Berlin—is going for a walk. “What I see, what I see,” he writes. “What I see is the day in all its absurdity and triviality.” There is a horse tied up to a cab, a boy playing marbles, a policeman who thinks of himself as the “pillar of authority” but is actually an “enemy to the street.” Roth continues:I see a girl, framed in an open window, who is part of the...

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